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Jazz in Melbourne

Jazz in Melbourne

Jazz

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Some forthcoming performances in Melbourne:

Twilight Jazz at Cruden Farm

For White Hat, the Twilight Jazz at Cruden Farm is one of the special events of the year. We strongly recommend you gather the family together and get down to one of the most special gardens in Australia as there is only one chance a year for the general public to experience it at the special time of twilight.

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Stonnington Jazz Festival

Performances featuring some of Australia's finest jazz artists.

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Stonnington Jazz Festival - War Cry

Stonnington Jazz Festival

Six voices from across Australia unite to explore the political, socially aware and thought-provoking spirit of jazz. Featuring Michelle Nicolle, Rita Satch, Odette Mercy, Fem Belling, Racerage and Sahida Apsara this show traverses the intersections of jazz, rhythm and blues, soul, spoken word and traditional music to weave together an emotional and uplifting concert.

A specially curated band led by bassist Claire Cross will support each vocalist with hard hitting grooves and harmonies as they perform their selections. United by passion this exceptional line up brings the vocal power to move your soul.

Tickets $45 to $60 - online bookings at Chapel on Chapel website



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Stonnington Jazz Festival - Gospel Sundays

Stonnington Jazz Festival

Jazz is not all smokey rooms and chill tunes. Jazz can be upbeat, fun and something to get your groove on. The Friday Nights Southside are party central for Stonnington Jazz Festival. Join us as we dance the night away, let our hair down and spill onto Chapel Street to explore the many late night spots on offer.

Experiencing Gospel Sundays with the seven piece live gospel band is just plain old good fun.

Tickets $25 - online bookings at Chapel on Chapel website



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Stonnington Jazz Festival - Flora Carbo Trio

Stonnington Jazz Festival

 Melbourne based improvisation musicians Flora Carbo, Maddison Carter and Isaac Gunnoo explore songs and originals composed by Flora, drawing inspiration from all aspects of her world. This ensemble has an uncanny musical rapport and unique style that is reflected through their joyous and honest music.
 
This Jazz in The Loft experience is everything you could ever expect from a cosy jazz club. The Loft at Chapel Off Chapel will be converted into an intimate jazz space. With no lock out rules and cabaret seating.

Tickets $25 - online bookings at Chapel on Chapel website



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Stonnington Jazz Festival - The Arrow of Time

Stonnington Jazz Festival

ARIA award nominated funk guitarist Lance Ferguson is a man of many talents and collaborations, including funk and soul band The Bamboos.  This Stonnington Jazz Festival, Lance brings his band Menagerie to perform original spiritual jazz material from The Arrow of Time album, and so much more.
 
This show is part of the Chapel Off Chapel Concert Series, the Stonnington Jazz Festival specially curated concerts that brings a massive line up of special events to the hallmark live entertainment venue right in the heart of the bustling nightspot in Prahran.

Tickets $40 to $55 - online bookings at Chapel on Chapel website



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Stonnington Jazz Festival - Australian Art Orchestra presents The Plains

Stonnington Jazz Festival

The Australian Art Orchestra proudly brings their performance The Plains fresh from the world premiere at the Jazztopad Festival in Poland in November 2018.
 
Founded by Paul Grabowsky in 1994, AAO is one of Australia’s leading contemporary ensembles with work that stretches diverse musical genres, traversing improvised and notated forms, creating a truly unique and inspiring experience.
 
Peter Knight’s The Plains is inspired by iconic Australian author Gerald Murnane’s vision of the interior of Australia, and creates a series of musical mirages that form an endless sonic horizon, reflecting and reimagining the wide-open spaces of the Australian landscape.

Tickets $40 to $55 - online bookings at Chapel on Chapel website



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Stonnington Jazz Festival - Jazz Jam

Stonnington Jazz Festival

A staple of Stonnington Jazz, the popular Jazz Jam returns. Bring your instrument and join in, or just watch local musicians stretch and bend through timeless jazz standards with the entertaining Paul Williamson Trio.
 
Any age and all musical abilities welcome. Feel inspired to start your own journey and get involved.
 
Be part of the action and join in the festival.  This is one of the many workshops, talks, art sessions and family friendly activities available for you to join in the festival.



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Stonnington Jazz Festival - DJ Workshop

Stonnington Jazz Festival

MzRizk presents a masterclass on being a jazz DJ. Bringing her international experience, learn about the history of DJ culture, how the jazz DJs of NYC and London influenced the contemporary club culture, and fundamentals of operating the equipment and creating mixes.

Tickets $15 - online bookings at Chapel on Chapel website



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Stonninton Jazz Festival - Jazz Storytime

Stonnington Jazz Festival

Something for the little ones, Stonnington Jazz Festival presents a special take on story time. Capturing the imaginations of future jazz admirers are vocalist/ violinist Fem Belling and pianist/vocalist Monique DiMattina. Come along to hear children’s stories be bought to life with musical interpretations by these talented musicians.



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Stonnington Jazz Festival - Barney McAll

Stonnington Jazz Festival

Grammy nominated, ARIA winning piano master, Barney McAll presents compositions from his multi-award winning album Hearing The Blood.  With new pieces written specifically for Stonnington Jazz Festival, this strictly limited event is a unique opportunity to witness the master in concert.

Tickets $40 to $55 - online bookings at Chapel on Chapel website



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Stonnington Jazz Festival - Sam Anning Sextet

Stonnington Jazz Festival

Award winning bassist Sam Anning and all-star sextet will perform works from their album ‘Across a Field as Vast as One.’ Each member an exceptional musician in their own right.

Tickets $25 - online bookings at Chapel on Chapel website



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Stonnington Jazz Festival - The Seven Ups & WVR BVBY

Stonnington Jazz Festival

Hailing from the sonic vortex of Melbourne’s music community, WVR BVBY (pronounced war baby) bring a live infusion of down-tempo, cinematic soul and jazz through what they like to call intergalactic hard-groove. Taking inspiration from crate digger culture and 70s production techniques, WVR BVBY fuse these tonalities with a direction towards a meditative environment.
 
Blending influences from 1970s Nigerian Afrobeat with the deepest of street funk, The Seven Ups are the original 7-piece party band out of Melbourne. Expect unrestrained solos by unkempt horns over an unpretentious rhythm section.

Tickets $25 - online bookings at Chapel on Chapel website



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Stonnington Jazz Festival - Queens of the Jazz Age

Stonnington Jazz Festival

Starring host and performer Rhonda Burchmore, with Dolly Diamond, Stella Angelico, Cougar Morrison accompanied by the Jack Earle Big Band.

Cabaret, stage and jazz royalty Rhonda Burchmore, brings her 30 years’ of international experience and vivacious personality to host this premier event. Joining Rhonda is cabaret star Dolly Diamond. Dolly, a regular at the Melbourne comedy and cabaret festivals brings superb comedy skills and vocal talent.  The dynamic chanteuse Stella Angelico has a bold, powerful voice that will entertain and excite. Rounding out this energetic foursome is the androgynous cabaret superstar Cougar Morrison, with on-point contouring and a sassy, sexy voice.

This livewire line up celebrates everything jazz, big band and cabaret to bring you a truly unique event that harks back to the days of Hollywood glamour.

Tickets $45 to $60 - online bookings at Chapel on Chapel website



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Stonnington Jazz Festival - Origami

Stonnington Jazz Festival

Adam Simmons, Howard Cairns and Hugh Harvey combine to create Origami.  This exuberant trio interweave swing, groove, traditional and contemporary jazz for an exceptional sound.
 
Origami will perform their show Wu Xing – The Five Elements. Wu Xing is the cornerstone for much of Chinese philosophy, translating as ‘five elements’ or ‘five phases.’  In this show, a collaboration with Wang Zheng-Ting, the performance explores the cycle of creation through the five elements wood, fire, earth, metal and water.  The elemental musings are enhanced with visual projections and the clear technical skill of the musicians.

Tickets $25 - online bookings at Chapel on Chapel website



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Stonnington Jazz Festival - Lyric Writing

Stonnington Jazz Festival

Can’t quite get the words right?  Learn the basics to the art of lyric writing and find your inner wordsmith with Monique DiMattina.

Tickets $25 - online bookings at Chapel on Chapel website



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Stonnington Jazz Festival - Cool Nights, Hot Jazz

Stonnington Jazz Festival

The 2019 Stonnington Jazz Festival will close with an extraordinary finale. A mini festival in itself this early evening event will celebrate Australian trad jazz in the stunning Malvern Town Hall.
 
Pianist Monique DiMattina has assembled a stellar line-up of Australian musicians to play homage to the trad jazz legacy in Melbourne. A formidable songwriter with a distinctive style, Monique is known for her popular 3RRR and ABC 774 segments, writing bespoke songs to listener requests. At her captivating live performances, DiMattina’s larrikin lyrics and authoritative, soulful pianism are at the forefront of her performance.
 
The Sugarfoot Ramblers will perform a set comprising of original Dixie to honour Red Onions. The Sugarfoot Ramblers were formed after two members (Travis Woods and Daniel Berry) spent time in New Orleans and craved an outlet to explore classical traditional jazz.
 
Bob Sedergreen and Adam Rudegeair will also battle it out in a dazzling piano display. Ticket includes light refreshments. Sales will close at 11.59am on 16 May 2019. Tickets will not be sold on the door.

Tickets $75 - online bookings at Chapel on Chapel website



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Wangaratta Festival of Jazz

Australia's premier jazz event featuring a wide array of jazz and blues styles. Includes the Black Tie Jazz Ball, Free Stage, National Jazz Awards and Cup Eve Concert.

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Inverloch Jazz Festival

Over 80 bands covering all styles of Jazz. 4 major venues all in close proximity.



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Port Phillip Mussel Festival

White Hat can thoroughly recommend this vibrant seafood festival come street party. Enjoy mussels and other seafood cooked in a wide variety of ways all accompanied by one of Melbourne's best free jazz festivals. Street vendors combine with the market's own restaurants to provide plenty of variety from the cheap and cheerful through to chef-prepared restaurant dishes. Sit in the sun with a cold sangria and a hot mussel paella or enjoy a craft beer with wok cooked drunken mussels.

Details at Port Phillip Mussel Festival

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Stonnington Jazz Festival - Koi Kingdom

Stonnington Jazz Festival

Saxophonist and composer Cheryl Durongpisitkul and her collaboration band Koi Kingdom bring their detailed compositions and instrumental techniques to Stonnington Jazz Festival for a unique show.
 
Koi Kingdom, Marcos Villalta (guitar), Cheryl Durongpisitkul (sax) and Stephen Hornby (bass), is a place where all three members can freely express themselves, composing music for each other and working together to make highly personal, collective music. Koi Kingdom’s distinctive sound is characterised by detailed composition, instrumental virtuosity and fearless exploration.
 
This modern jazz trio approach music with a refreshing sense of irreverence, playing with forms, melodic structures, sonic textures and references.

Tickets $25 - online bookings at Chapel on Chapel website



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Stonnington Jazz Festival - Big Jazz Sing

Stonnington Jazz Festival

Everyone is invited to the Big Jazz Sing. Led by vocalist Jolene Moran and Vox Chops participants will learn a song jazz-choir style. No prior singing experience needed.

Feel inspired to start your own journey and get involved. Be part of the action and join in the festival.  This is one of the many workshops, talks, art sessions and family friendly activities available for you to join in the festival.



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Stonnington Jazz Festival - Stories from a century of Southside Jazz

Stonnington Jazz Festival

Writer, journalist and filmmaker Kaye Blum shares insights into Australian jazz history through stories of Melbourne’s historic southside jazz venues, with a spotlight on key places and people in Stonnington and surrounds. A 40 minute informal presentation followed by Q&A and a chance to share your own historic southside jazz stories.



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Stonnington Jazz Festival - Kathleen Halloran Trio

Stonnington Jazz Festival

Guitarist Kathleen Halloran has put together an eclectic jazz trio driven by a fun and fierce approach to improvised music. Featuring the melodically rich guitar stylings of Kathleen Halloran, complemented by the exceptionally versatile and inspiring Darryn Farrugia on drums, and bassist Kim May’s supportive and interactive work in the lower registers.
 
The trio will very proudly join forces with the incomparable multi award winning jazz pianist Andrea Keller to present sixty minutes of original compositions. With the combination of Kathleen and three of her most significant idols in music, you can be assured of a night filled with inspiring and magical original jazz.

Tickets $25 - online bookings at Chapel on Chapel website



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Harcourt Applefest

Harcourt Applefest The Harcourt Applefest is a community festival celebrating everything apple related.



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Melbourne Jazz Jammers sessions
Meet other musicians or just come along to just relax and listen! Students, musos, amateurs, all welcome. Visit www.melbournejazzjammers.com to subscribe free to Jammers enews, published weekly to review sessions, promote events by Jammers, encourage people to be involved in live performance and provide an informative, inclusive and friendly network for followers of jazz. Jammers jazz sessions are held each week at the Leinster Arms Hotel, Gold Street Collingwood, Fridays 6pm to late and Sundays from 3.30 to 6. Free entry and great food. ..
Gypsy Jazz on the Village Green
Come and jam to the music of Django Reinhart, or just have a listen. If you would like to come along and jam, contact Misja on carbowalker@optusnet.com.au ..
Victorian Jazz Archive
The Victorian Jazz Archive is a not-for-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers with the mission and vision of "Proactively Collecting, Archiving & Disseminating Australian Jazz". The organisation's venue houses an impressive collection of jazz-related materials. More info >>

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